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Out of Place

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This buoy is supposed to be several hundred feet out in the water off the shore of Lake Erie at Headlands Beach State Park to warn boaters.

But somehow it became uprooted and drifted toward the shore. There is no telling how long it will be here before either being picked up and discarded or put back into place.

I happened upon it while walking on the beach on the last official day of summer.


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October 30, 2017 at 5:55 am

End of Another Day

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It’s not colorful sunset and in fact it has little color at all. Maybe it is too early.

But the sun is setting, nevertheless, over Indigo Lake in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park and another day is coming to a close.

Soon the sun will dip below the trees line, but not before I capture its reflection in the water of the mostly tranquil lake, which at one time was a sand and gravel pit.

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September 30, 2017 at 5:48 am

Another Lake Erie Sunset

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We were having dinner in Geneva-on-the-Lake, Ohio, at a restaurant that has a deck right on Lake Erie. We make it a point to go there for dinner once every summer on a warm evening.

This year we arrived later than usual. It was the first time I’d been there as the sun was setting.

Soon the sun would descend into a soup of gathering clouds.


Where the Wind Takes Him

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It was rather windy on Lake Michigan at Grand Haven, Michigan, on the day of my visit. That made for good conditions for parakiting.

I watched this guy with his kite as it took him to and fro, back and forth, all over the water not far from the beach. In time he was joined by another skier. Or are they called kiters?


Not Quite Classic Anymore

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The era of building classic lighthouses in America is long past. There is still a need for navigational lights along major waterways, but the lights are mounted on functional poles and other structures.

Such is the case with this light at the entrance to the harbor that leads to Holland, Michigan, from Lake Michigan.

There is a traditional lighthouse on the other side of the harbor entrance that has been nicely maintained. And there is this.

In the background the skies over Lake Michigan are looking threatening and later tonight that light might be a welcome sight for some.


Wade in the Water

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In theory, the public is not supposed to be out on the concrete pier that leads to the lighthouse on Lake Michigan in Grand Haven.

But there is no gate or fence to stop them so hordes of people walk out on the pier, particularly during the summer.

You do so at your own risk. There are no fences, no guardrails and no lifeguards. Swimming and diving is discouraged, but it happens anyway.

This view of a man wading in the water flooding the end of the pier from waves crashing over it shows why visitors must be vigilant.

It feels good to be ankle deep in water, but one slip could lead to a perilous situation.



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Waves are relentless. That might be how rocks or concrete walls on the edge of a lake might describe them.

They come at you continually, wearing you away over time. Somewhere in there is a life lesson about the need to persevere.

This wave is crashing against the end of a concrete pier leading to the lighthouse on Lake Michigan at Grand Haven, Michigan.